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Cloud migrations are most often slowed or stalled by three powerful forces, so it’s crucial for executives and project leaders to be aware of these common pitfalls.

First, many organizations overestimate their data needs, resulting in an unnecessarily cumbersome data migration challenge, says Beth Boettcher, senior vice president of Oracle’s North American Application Consulting Group. Second, employees have trouble letting go of the business processes they know—and focus on that change rather than the business outcomes the company is trying to achieve with a move to the cloud. Third, the big changes the cloud brings to IT are often seen as a threat to jobs rather than an opportunity to be more innovative. More from Boettcher on how to overcome these forces.

Margaret Harrist, Oracle Content Strategist
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